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Section 30: Hazen’s Notch (West Side) to Jay Pass

On the Montgomery Side of Route 58, park before the end of the plowing to avoid a long walk on the road. Park near the last house on the north side of the road before the plowing ends.  The trail runs on the uphill side of the house and should be visible from the road.

A section of the northern portion of the logging road has had a culvert removed.   A short detour around the missing culvert will be required.  After the detour the trail stays on the logging road.


This section offers a variety of conditions and terrain from nearly level groomed snowmobile trail and logging roads, to steep, narrow, twisting trail. Snow is usually reliably deep due to a northwest exposure. The ridge below Buchanan Mountain offers fine views of Jay Peak to the north and Burnt Mountain to the south. Possible bailout points are to Fisher Road and Rte. 242 to the west.

6.5 miles

With its combination of a dead-flat middle portion and steep, twisting, ascents/descents at the north end and about two miles in from the south end, this section requires an intermediate to advanced level of skill. Metal-edged backcountry skis are essential. Bring skins in case conditions are icy.

Catamount Trail Section 30 – Map & Elevation Profile (.pdf ~512k)
Catamount Trail Section 30 – Written Description (.pdf ~16k)
Shuttle Directions Section 30


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Jay Village Inn & Restaurant, 1078 Route 242, Jay, VT 05859


Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection30

With 300 miles of trail to keep track of it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on a specific section of trail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Using Twitter we are hoping to help skiers out on the trail communicate their experience to skiers at home using specific hashtags for trail updates. The format is #CTsection(#). When planning an adventure you can view current updates by visiting the specific section page on the Catamount Trail website, or by searching twitter for the appropriate section you hope to ski. Below are updates for Catamount Trail Section 30… #CTsection30.